Fourth of July: Too tipsy to drive? Get your car towed home — for free

A tow truck driver prepares to tow an SUV.
A tow truck driver prepares to tow an SUV.

The 4th of July is one of the most dangerous holidays on the road. The Automobile Club of Southern California wants to make it a little safer.

If you knock back a few too many libations while celebrating liberty on the 4th of July, you can call AAA at 1-800-400-4222. They'll send one of their drivers to tow your vehicle home.  

Towing is free within seven miles. You don't need to be a AAA member. From July 4th at 6 p.m. until July 5th at 6 a.m., the Tipsy Tow service is available to anyone.

But Tipsy Tow shouldn't be your first option, warns AAA spokesperson Marie Montgomery.

"It's not a reservation service. It's meant to be a lat resort. We encourage all partygoers to make a plan before they are drinking and find themselves in a situation where they need a ride home," she tells KPCC.

You can designate someone to be a sober driver. Or don't drive in the first  place and take public transit or use a car service instead.